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Truth dulls Marikana musical
Truth dulls Marikana musical
Marikana — The Musical is a decent production, but that is beside the point. What keeps the show prosaic, denying it the...
The new wave of painters
The new wave of painters
An interesting scene played out at Turbine Hall in Johannesburg last weekend. It went something like this:
Still lives with past lives
Still lives with past lives
Dillon Marsh’s photographs are devoid of humans, yet the presence of humans is palpable in each frame.
​Inxeba: A moment of confrontation
​Inxeba: A moment of confrontation
South Africa has a long history of confrontation, from our struggle against apartheid to the recent fight for free and decolonised education. We...
Winter is here: 'Game of Thrones' begins season seven
Winter is here: 'Game of Thrones' begins season seven
Spoiler alert: This story contains minor details from Sunday's season premiere of HBO's 'Game of Thrones'
Musician. Teacher. Raconteur
Musician. Teacher. Raconteur
I was ushered into a large room with the traits of an office — bookshelves, filing cabinets and a desk — but looking more like a...
Riots for a queer resistance
Riots for a queer resistance
Rainbow Riots is foremost a piece of activist art. The album is a collection of music that brings together queer creatives from all over...
Cooper traverses dreams with new band, Mabuta
Cooper traverses dreams with new band, Mabuta
Despite the mass exodus of jazz musicians from Cape Town to the City of Gold in pursuit of Jozi’s infamous opportunities and fame, Shane Cooper,...
Into the abyss of bureaucracy
Into the abyss of bureaucracy
As audiences filed into the Rhodes University Theatre on July 3 for the first of three performances of Sabela, a dance piece by 2017...
Writing Ray between the lines
Writing Ray between the lines
I marvelled silently at the lush, rolling hilltop greenery beyond the window I stood at, wondering just how I had wound up there in the white,...
May the sun never set on Ray
May the sun never set on Ray
One Sunday evening at Johannesburg’s Downtown Studios, I came across a gleaming plaque celebrating the double platinum status of Stimela’s 1986...
What nebulous factors decide the price of an artist’s work?
What nebulous factors decide the price of an artist’s work?
In May 2015, Pablo Picasso’s 1955 painting Les Femmes d’Alge (Version ‘O’) made headlines when it fetched $179.4-million dollars...
Mixed-race realities collide in cinematic self-portrait
Mixed-race realities collide in cinematic self-portrait
‘And for so long I have wanted to escape into the Dream, to fold my country over my head like a blanket. But this has never been an option,...
What the lives of two SA music giants tell us about culture under apartheid
What the lives of two SA music giants tell us about culture under apartheid
Back in 2000, musicians interviewed for my book on music and politics in South Africa,

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